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USS Dobler (DE 48)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - P - O

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/1 star - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Dobler (DE 48) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1942: Keel laid as BDE 48 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, intended for transfer to Great Britain but retained for use by the U.S. Navy
  • 24 July 1942: Launched
  • 17 May 1943: Commissioned at 1248 by Captain Mathiason, Captain of the Philadelphia Navy Yard; Lcdr. A. J. Smith in command
  • 02 October 1945: Decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard after 2 years and 4½ months of service
  • 24 October 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 July 1946: Sold for scrapping to the Luria Bros. Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
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    98k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    247k 09 October 1943: Brooklyn, N. Y. - USS Dobler (DE 48) is berthed at Pier G of the New York Navy Yard, aft of USS Herndon (DD 638). Dobler was in the Yard from 04 to 15 October for routine upkeep and repairs while between convoys.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NA, DD638/19LCM from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
    John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.
    268k 09 September 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Port bow aerial view of USS Dobler (DE 48) outside Boston wearing Measure 32/3d camouflage scheme. Photographed by an airship from squadron ZP-11.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #BuAer 28333 from the United States National Archives)
    Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands

    David Wright
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    ***Walter S.Brown***
    223k Believed to be the Dobler (DE 48), taken from USS Walter S.Brown (DE 258) John W. Keiter

    Dobler History
    View the USS Dobler (DE 48) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Dobler's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 17 May 1943 - 30 Jul. 1943Lcdr. Andrew Jackson Smith, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '31) (Scotia, N.Y.)
    2.) 30 Jul. 1943 - 06 Dec. 1943Lt. Robert Edward Parker, USNR
    3.) 06 Dec. 1943 - 28 Aug. 1944Lt. Edward F. Butler, USNR
    4.) 28 Aug. 1944 - 20 Jul. 1945Lt. Judson Clyde Murphy, USNR
    5.) 20 Jul. 1945 - 14 Sep. 1945Lt. Abbott L. Pattison, USNR (Chicago, Ill.)
    6.) 14 Sep. 1945 - 02 Oct. 1945Lt. Clarence W. Westergaard, USNR (Decomm. CO) (Kasota, Minn.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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